Editors – Brighton Dome, March 20th 2010

Editors – Brighton Dome, March 20th 2010


Seeing Editors once every 6 months is not enough. At least, that is the idea of one of our crew members.
After seeing Editors play in 013 Tilburg late 2009, the guys from Birmingham got another visit from FrontStageMusic.
The venue this time was the Brighton Dome; one of Brighton’s nicest music venues. The concert was sold out weeks before, but FSM was lucky enough to already have two tickets. Unfortunately no pictures of this concert, but we hereby promise that next time when we review one of Editors’ gigs, we will have pictures!

For those newcomers who haven’t seen Editors play live yet or don’t know much about them, here a quick introduction:
Tom Smith is the lead singer, plays guitar, piano and synthesizer and has a bad relation with microphones during live gigs.
He runs from microphone to microphone and incidentally throws one on the floor.
Chris Urbanowicz, plays guitar, not just a guitar but the lovely Rickenbacker 620. Besides that synths and loves WWF action figures! And the only one who doesn’t have a microphone on stage.
Russell Leetch, bass player, also has a great Rickenbacker to torture on stage.
And last but definitely not least, Edward Lay, drummer, pace-maker and often supplying some backing-vocals.

Editors have released three studio albums until now. The Back Room in 2005, An End Has A Start in 2007 and In This Light And On This Evening in 2009.

The evening unfortunately did not start in style. FSM was only able to see the second support act Cold Cave, after being late for The Strange Death Of Liberal England.
Cold Cave’s start was not a tactical one. A wall of annoying and painful sound was the start sign for their short set. Apparently, the quartet were not able to cope with silence. Hence the terrible sound pollution.
Besides that, Cold Cave did sound quite okay. Their sound can be described as a clash between Depeche Mode and the Whip.
But guys, please, really, please, stop with the horrible sound pollution. You really don’t need it!

Just after 9:15, the main act Editors were about to start.
Editors made a tradition of starting their live sets with the opening and title track of their third studio album; ‘In This Light And On This Evening’.
A slow but damn heavy and dark start of what would be another smashing performance by the four!
Followed by golden oldie ‘Lights’, the crowd was treated with the well-known and high-quality Editors’ sound.
Editors’ mix of new and old tracks seemed to work perfect although it was quite obvious that the majority of the crowd knew the old songs better than the new tracks.

After playing their latest single You Don’t Know Love, the pace went up and the crowd was getting more and more excited.
Top songs such as ‘Bones’, ‘Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool’, ‘Racing Rats’ and ‘Munich’ were all played picture perfect.
Editors also played ‘Last Day’, which be released on a limited white-label 7” on the annual Record Shop Day on April 17th, before ending their first part of the set with the brilliant ‘Smokers Outside Hospital Doors’.

The encore started with Tom playing ‘No Sound But The Wind’, featured on the Twilight:New Moon Soundtrack, solo on the piano.
This track, not regularly released on one of the three studio albums, is absolutely one of the best Editors songs ever. The feeling that Tom puts into that song made the crowd silent. (Luckily, getting a crowd silent is still possible!)
‘Bricks and Mortar’ was the step-up to one of the biggest hits of 2009, ‘Papillon’, which resulted in the Dome shaking as a sleep twitch.
‘Fingers in the Factories’ was the perfect end this great Editors gig.

For information on when Editors play near you, check out the Editors’ website

Set list Editors – Brighton Dome, 20 March 2010:

-In This Light And On This Evening
-An End Has A Start
-You Don’t Know Love
-My Life As A Ghost
-Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
-Escape The Nest
-Last Day
-The Boxer
-Racing Rats
-Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
-No Sound But The Wind
-Bricks and Mortar
-Fingers In The Factories



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